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good morning. state of the union, state of the presidency. as barack obama prepares to address the nation, a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll finds 61% of americans lack confidence in his policies. what does he need to say tonight to convince them otherwise? we'll ask white house press secretary robert gibbs. sticking situation. toyota suspends the sale of eight of its most popular models in the u.s. while engineers try to fix a dangerous problem with gas pedals. and this morning the company says it doesn't know how long that will take. and not so fast. students blindfold their girls basketball coach and set him up for an impossible shot to win tickets to the final four. two problems -- he makes the
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shot -- [ cheers and applause ] and they never had the tickets. the story of the prank gone wrong today, wednesday, january 27th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. you know, it's not just what the president says tonight in his address, it's also his ability to connect with the voters, that people will be watching. >> that's right. and judging by that nbc news/"wall street journal" poll, boy, he's got his work cut out for him. so, what kind of tone will he take? what does he need to say? we'll get a preview of the speech from white house press secretary robert gibbs. also ahead, new developments this morning in the tragic death of nancy kerrigan's father. state police returned to the kerrigan family home late last
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night. it was the scene of the violate struggle that ended with kerrigan's brother in jail and her father dead. and there is word now that mark kerrigan, the brother who has been charged with assault in the case, will not be able to attend his father's funeral. coming up, we're going to get the latest details and also talk with nancy kerrigan's good friend and fellow skater paul wiley. here's an interesting question -- would you stay with your husband if he were caught with a male prostitute? the wife of popular mega church pastor ted hagert faced that very decision when her husband made that shocking admission back in 2006. she chose to stand by him. she'll tell us why in a live interview later on in the show. but we begin this wednesday morning with president obama's first state of the union address, a speechhat comes at a pivotal time in his presidency. david gregory is the moderator of "meet the press." david, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. well, high anxiety around the country means high stakes for the president tonight. the white house agenda and the fate of the president's party in this midterm election year are
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both riding on the new course the president sets in tonight's speech. >> the president of the united states. >> reporter: one overriding goal for mr. obama is to restore confidence in his leadership. >> i think it's a turning point for the president. he has to recapture the voice that he had during the campaign. >> reporter: while still personally popular, doubts are growing about his ability to solve problems. in a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll, only 39% felt confident the president had the "right set of goals and policies to be president." 61% lacked confidence. tonight, even as the fate of his health care reform push remains unclear, the president will speak about the economy and announce a three-year spending freeze for many domestic programs. aides have defended the freeze against critics who claim the impact will be too small. >> this is only one component of what we are going to be doing to be bringing the deficits down over time. it's $250 billion over ten years.
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that's nothing to sneeze at. >> reporter: efforts to cut red ink come as the government announce a record $1.4 trillion deficit for this year. that, coupled with 10% unemployment, underscores growing political weakness for the president and democrats among independent voters. >> go, scott, go! >> reporter: the gop upset in massachusetts could be an early warning of what democrats will face this fall. >> he has to re-establish a connection to many of those voters who are feeling economically uneasy about the trajectory of the jobs, the stock markets and housing prices, but also disillusioned with what they are seeing out of washington, both with process and to some extent with substance. >> reporter: in fact, our new poll shows anger at washington spares no one. 93% say there is too much partisan fighting between the political parties. seven in ten say the federal government is not working well. most of the blame goes to republicans and democrats in congress. >> he's going to have to show that he's listened to the
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american people over the last few weeks and he's not impervious to that message. >> reporter: part of that message is where's the bipartisanship in washington? look for the president to talk about that tonight, to call out republicans to get off the sidelines and to help govern. and what about health care? well, the president will chart a course for the way forward on that, but there's a lot of question marks about that path, and right now, senior advisers say, meredith, the first goal is to get a jobs bill through the congress. >> david gregory, thank you very much. robert gibbs is the white house press secretary. mr. gibbs, good morning to you. >> good morning, meredith. how are you? >> i'm great, thank you. you know, the president has his work cut out for him tonight. according to our poll, 58% of those asked feel the country is on the wrong track. that's a big number. what do they need to hear tonight that would convince them otherwise? >> well, look, i think the president will discuss what many americans are feeling, that the past year was one of the most challenging in our nation's history, but he'll outline a plan to get our economy -- to continue to get our economy back
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on track to make us safer and more secure, to make college more affordable, to cut spending here in washington and outline what he believes it will be a hopeful decade for this country. >> let's talk about tone for a minute. will he strike a note of contrition for the mistakes that he's made over the past year, because every president makes mistakes? >> every president makes mistakes, including barack obama. he's not been shy about admitting that. we've made mistakes here. i think what you'll hear the president, though, focus most on tonight are plans to cut taxes for small businesses that hire workers, how do we get credit flowing again from community banks to many small businesses, eliminating capital gains for investment in those small businesses. as i said, changing the way washington works, cutting spending here in this town to get us back on a path towards fiscal responsibility. all of those things the president will outline here tonight. >> speaking about cutting the deficit here, the spending, he
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will announce this three-year budget freeze. already some critics are saying it's just a drop in the bucket. others are wondering how cutting social spending will create jobs, which is number one in most people's minds. so, what's his answer to that? >> well, understand this, meredith -- from 1995 to 2006, this portion of our budget grew by 90%. so, for critics out there that don't think this is something that we need to address -- we're never going to close our budget deficit if we don't take every step, not just one or two steps, but every step that we need to control spending. the president believes we have to put ourselves back on a path towards fiscal responsibility, and freezing nonsecurity spending in this budget is one of those paths. it's not everything that we have to do to close our budget deficit, but it's certainly one of those steps. >> but it is, again, it's only one-eighth of the budget. i think that's why critics are focusing on that. >> well, again, understanding this, meredith -- in 1995 -- between 1995 and 2006, this part
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of the budget doubled. so, if it's one-eighth of the budget now, it was one-sixteenth then. if we can't address this with the one part of the budget, how will you do that for the other seven-eighths? we'll cut programs that duplicate what other programs do in this government. it's exactly what families are doing around the kitchen table all over this country. they can't afford everything. they know what they have to spend money on, which in our case is security and investing in things like education, but they know that they can't afford everything. they've got to tighten their belt and they're going to start with some of those decisions just as the president is doing. >> very quickly, last year the president made a big push for health care reform, a health care reform bill. now the senate majority leader, harry reid, is suddenly saying there's no rush. does the president agree with that, or again tonight will he push for that reform? >> we'll discuss health care reform tonight, meredith, because even as millions of americans are working harder for less pay, one of the reasons they're taking home less money
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is their skyrocketing health care costs. we were close to having reform a few weeks ago. we're still just that close, and the president will discuss why we can't walk away from making sure that the struggling the high cost of health care doesn't choke off an economic recovery. >> does he still feel there's a rush? >> we still have an urgent problem in this country, because as the president speaks tonight, more people will lose their insurance, more people will be discriminated against by an insurance company, and more people will see their health care costs go up if we don't do anything. >> all right. white house press secretary robert gibbs, i'm sure we'll be talking to you in the days ahead. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> it is 7:09, and for more, here's matt. >> meredith, thank you. for perspective from the other side of the aisle, let's bring in republican congressman eric cantor of virginia. he is the house minority whip. congressman cantor, good to see you. good morning. >> good morning. >> you just heard robert gibbs lay out what the president's going to talk about, this freeze in spending. he's going to talk about cutting
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taxes to small businesses, about getting credit flowing to those small businesses, about jobs, jobs, jobs. is that what republicans want to hear? >> well, matt, the american people want to hear that the president has listened and that he's learned from what has gone on over the past year here. as we know, way too many american families are still out of work. we've got to be focusing on those kitchen table issues to make sure now that we create an environment where small businesses can start hiring again. the path to make that happen is through creating the environment, empowering small businesses. it's not through more government programming or washington spending. >> when you say they want to hear that he has listened and he's learned, do you think that they want to hear -- and do you want to hear -- that contrition that meredith just talked about? >> matt, what i think that we all want to hear is a real commitment to putting this economy back on track, and it starts right here in washington.
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the president has talked about the need for fiscal discipline now. the problem i have got, given that just last month we saw him sign a bill that increases spending by 12% -- yesterday, on the same day that the white house announced that it would tighten the belt, it also introduced tens of billions of dollars of new spending. either we're going to stop the spending and focus back on the issues that are important to people -- empowering small businesses -- >> right. >> or we're going to continue this process of out-of-control deficits. >> this poll that we've been talking about this morning, congressman cantor, from the "wall street journal"/nbc news, 58% of americans asked believe the country is on the wrong track, but when asked who's to blame, 48% -- a clear majority, actually -- hold republicans in congress responsible. so, what's your part in this? >> matt, we have stood ready and willing to work with this president since his first day in office. we were there when the stimulus
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discussion occurred -- >> and nobody supported it. >> making sure -- no, we had a republican plan -- making sure that we wanted to create jobs at half the cost of what the president's plan was. i think everybody would agree now that the stimulus hasn't worked. we've also proffered to the president a health care proposal. i think the american people have spoken out on that. we saw the results of the elections in massachusetts, virginia and new jersey. clearly, people do not like this health care plan. we've got a plan -- >> is it done, congressman? is it done? >> well, we have a plan that will bring down costs and create competition. people will be able to stand up to their insurance companies because they'll have a choice. if the president would actually realize that i think the public doesn't want his plan, we certainly could work together to try and accomplish some of the things that the american people want. >> congressman eric cantor, who will be attendance tonight and watching carefully. congressman, thank you for your time this morning.
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>> thank you, matt. >> and a reminder, we'll have live coverage of president obama's state of the union address. that's tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern time right here on nbc. it's now 12 after the hour. once again, here's meredith. >> matt, thank you. and now to that unprecedented move by toyota. the automaker has suspended the u.s. sales of eight popular models involved in a recall over accelerator pedals. cnbc's phil lebeau covers the auto industry and is at a toyota dealership in park ridge, illinois, for us this morning. phil, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, meredith. this is a highly unusual move by toyota, but it's one the company felt it had to make in order to get its arms around a potentially deadly problem that could impact millions of toyota cars and trucks. hoping to stop mounting concerns about the safety of its cars and trucks, toyota is suspending sales and shutting down assembly lines for eight models, including the best-selling car in the country, the camry. toyota acknowledges these models
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may have sticking accelerator pedals. >> i think in many ways, it's unprecedented, even a little bit shocking, but ultimately, i think it's absolutely the right thing for toyota to be doing. >> reporter: for months, there have been anecdotal reports about the accelerators accelerating out of control, including this one outside of dallas the day after christmas. four people died when their avalon smashed through a fence and flipped into a pond. just last week, toyota announced a recall of 2.3 million models it suspects might have sticking accelerator pedals. now toyota is going one step further, effectively taking 65% of its new cars and trucks off showroom floors. they are -- 2009 and 2010 rav4s, corollas and matrix models, 2005 to '10 avalons, certain models of 2007 to 2010 camrys, current highlanders, 2007 to 2010
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tundras and 2008 to 2010 sequoias. in a written statement, the company's general manager says -- "this action is necessary until a remedy is finalized. we're making every effort to address this situation for our customers as quickly as possible." toyota is unsure how long it will suspend sales. while the federal government investigates if toyotas have a defect causing unexpected acceleration, it has yet to issue its own safety recall, but attorney richard mccune believes there could be thousands of cases where drivers could not slow down their toyotas. >> it is not just those that have experienced the problem, it is those that have not experienced the problem but are fearful of it. so, i think it's more than just the people that have complained. i think everybody that owns a toyota that has this type of system is potentially has reason to be concerned. >> reporter: toyota believes the problem with its gas pedals are
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coming from accelerators that are supplied by one specific supplier. the problem is, toyota hasn't figured out a way to work with that supplier to come up with a solution. and until it does, meredith, it is going to halt production and sales of those eight models. meredith? >> doing the right thing. cnbc's phil lebeau, thank you very much. let us get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories from ann over at the news desk. good morning to you. >> matt and meredith, good morning. we begin with a remarkable news that a man was pulled alive from the rubble two weeks after haiti's earthquake. the u.s. army's 82nd airborne rescued him from a collapsed building on tuesday and helped treat him for a broken leg and severe dehydration. it is still unclear how the man in his 30s was able to survive, but some are taking note that the building is on a road named miracle street. tensions flair this morning between north and south korea. the two countries exchanged gunfire along their disputed western seaboarder. no reports of any casualties. a search for the missing virginia tech student has apparently ended tragically.
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police believe that a body found on tuesday is that of morgan harrington, who disappeared three months ago. nbc's ron mott is in charlottesville, virginia, with more on this story. ron, good morning. >> reporter: ann, good morning to you. police say they're confident they have recovered the remains of 20-year-old morgan harrington, ending a painful search for her family and friends. now the search is on for clues in what's likely to be a homicide investigation. a farmer tending to his field spotted the remains tuesday morning in a remote part of his property, initially thinking they belonged to an animal. >> i saw what i thought was a dead deer. i got a little closer, and it didn't look like a deer skull. >> reporter: instead, police soon concluded the remains are likely those of 20-year-old morgan harrington, the virginia student who briefly attended a metallica rock concert on the university of virginia campus last october. >> while this has been a missing person's case, we have always treated this as potentially a homicide. the cause of death will be determined, hopefully, by the medical examiner.
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we still proceed as if this is a homicide, and most likely will be a homicide. >> reporter: harrington called friends inside the arena saying she had wound up outside without her ticket stub after going to the bathroom and wasn't let back in. she said she'd get a ride home, told them not to worry but was never seen again. >> this is what she looks like. >> reporter: harrington's parents, who made emotional pleas for her safe return, rushed to the area. her mother jill's recollection of their last conversation now all the more somber. >> as she left, morgan's last words to me were "two, four, one, mama. i love you too much, forever, one more time." >> reporter: police fielded hundreds of tips here over the last several months and hope for one more to lead to an arrest if, in fact, morgan harrington was murdered. >> ron mott, thanks. hundreds of tourists are trapped by mud slides in machu picchu in peru. the only roadway into the area is blocked. some people have had to be evacuated by helicopter.
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and a five-story apartment building collapsed this morning in belgium in a cloud of dust and smoke after an apparent gas explosion. at least 20 people were hurt. pretty dramatic images. it is now 7:18. let's now go back to you three guys. >> how did they happen to have a camera there? >> i was asking about that. doesn't look like a surveillance picture. probably the gas explosion brought the news cameras and then they got
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>> good morning, everyone. at here at home, the weather is nice and quiet. temperatures are in the upper 20s. we will top out near 40 degrees this afternoon, mostly sunny skies. that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right, al, thank you very much. the conservative activist who posed as a pimp last year to draw attention to the community organizing group acorn has now been arrested. he and three others are accused of trying to bug phones at the office of a u.s. senator. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams has the details on
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that. pete, good morning to you. >> matt, good morning. this sounds like something out of a movie, or maybe a prank video, which could be what this was all about, but it has triggered a serious federal charge and questions about what exactly four young men were up to in new orleans. >> we talked about the abusive pimp. >> reporter: at the apparent center of it all, james o'keefe, the 25-year-old who last year got the liberal community organizing group acorn into hot water with this undercover video. now federal prosecutors accuse him and three other men of tampering with telephone lines in the office of u.s. senator mary landrieu, a louisiana democrat. the fbi says it happened monday when two of the men went to the new orleans federal building dressed as phone repairmen. court documents say they went to senator landrieu's office, asked to use the receptionist telephone and manipulated the handset. all the while, the fbi says, james o'keefe was recording the encounter with a cell phone camera. after trying to get to the building's main telephone system
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but failing to produce phone company i.d.s, the three were arrested. a fourth man was picked up outside waiting in a truck. >> we've been threatened with lawsuits. we're tired of this. >> reporter: o'keefe became a medias sensation last year afte he opposed as a pimp in undercover videos asking acorn officials for advice on how to keep the irs from taxing teenage prostitution. >> if they're making money and they're underage, you shouldn't let nobody know anyway. >> reporter: because acorn helped register thousands of low-income voters, republicans pronounced. o'keefe became a conservative hero and congress recommended banning all federal funds for acorn. >> i consider myself an oppressive radical. >> reporter: in an nbc news interview last fall, o'keefe said he planned to continue making undercover videos. >> i would hope to be able to do more of these types of things and expose more corruption and do more investigating, absolutely. >> reporter: also arrested with o'keefe on monday was a louisiana federal prosecutor's son, robert flanagan, a former
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congressional intern who criticized senator landrieu earlier this month on a libertarian blog. a lawyer for one of the men calls this a bad stunt. senator landrieu herself calls it unsettling and says she's as interested in anyone in finding out what their motives were, matt. >> pete williams in washington. pete, thank you very much. just ahead, the tragic death of skater nancy kerrigan's father. will her brother face murder charges? we'll get the latest on that story and talk exclusively to kerrigan's longtime friend, skater paul
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still ahead, the not-so-perfect prank foiled by a high school basketball coach who sank that remarkable shot. we'll explain. also ahead, the president and first lady live in our studio, sort of.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. time to get a check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> a bit of a mess on the northeast corner of the beltway. an accident on cromwell bridge blocking several lanes. but we are hearing the opposite the accident on the inner loop, police are blocking the left lanes. watch in both directions there. baltimore national pike, disabled vehicle reported.
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without a i-95 at moravia road, we have an accident. another one being cleared southbound paris or expressway. that one is off to the side. five times a 26 minutes on the outer loop northeast side. 13 minutes to get you towards 95 on the northeast side. 60 minutes on the west side out of it through the stretch on someone and then if -- 16 minutes on the west side out of the -- west side outer loop. 895 itself is in pretty good shape. the ramp from moravia 895 is where the problem is. pretty heavy delays due to the accident past cromwell bridge. >> good morning, everyone. things are quiet in the weather department today. clear skies. 28 in catonsville, 29 in sykesville, 29 degrees in
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jarrettsville. mostly sunny, and the high temperatures this afternoon will be in the upper 30's and low 40's. tomorrow, we will make it into the mid-forties. still a chance for snow on saturday. >> you can always check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information. our next live update at 7:55.
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7:30 now on this wednesday morning, january 27th, 2010. we are giving these folks a chance to wave to their friends and family back home. we're going to send al out in a kb bit to keep them company. i am meredith vieira along with mattlauer. coming up, the event that landed nancy kerrigan's brother in jail and may have led to her father's death. we'll have more in a moment. also an exclusive live interview with kerrigan's good friend, cater paul wylie. also ahead, he was the successful leader of a megachurch, but in 2006, ted haggard shocked his followers
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when he admitted to an affair with a male prostitute. his wife gayle was there with him and stayed by his side. later this morning, she'll tell us why and what their relationship is like now. plus, time and money, how you can have more of both of them. >> sounds good. but let's begin with the new developments in the death of nancy kerrigan's father. nbc's jeff rossen is in stoneham, massachusetts, outside the kerrigan family home. jeff, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, matt, good morning to you. of course, your heart really has to go out to nancy kerrigan and her family here. she lost her father in this, and that's awful enough, of course, but in many ways, she also lost her brother, mark kerrigan, in this tragedy. they were so close growing up, but then nancy kerrigan's life went this way and his life went this way. this morning, nancy is planning her dad's funeral, while her brother mark is in the hospital for a mental evaluation. tuesday night, the massachusetts state police came back to the kerrigan family home. nancy kerrigan met them at the front door as the investigation deepens into what really happened here. earlier in the day, a small peek into nancy kerrigan's spirit,
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flashing a brief smile leaving her parents' house. the same spirit that rappelled her to medal in the 1994 olympics, even after getting clubbed in the knees. back then, as he always was -- >> brenda's daughter has seized the moment. >> how is she doing? >> great. she's wonderful. she's going to therapy right now. i think she'll be all right. >> reporter: 16 years later to the month, nancy kerrigan is in a uniquely awful position of being the victim's family and also the suspect's family. nancy's brother mark is charged with assault in connection with their dad's death. according to the police report, there was blood on the kitchen floor and pictures that apparently knocked off the wall from a struggle. mark kerrigan admitted to officers he was fighting with his dad over using the phone and "put his hands around his father's neck and his father fell to the floor." the kerrigans claim it wasn't the assault, but rather, a heart
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attack that killed dan kerrigan. legal experts say it may not matter. >> he could still be charged with manslaughter or even murder if the authorities believe that during the commission of a felony, meaning the assault, that the death occurred, that could be murder. >> reporter: in court this week, mark kerrigan cried. his lawyer painted him as a disturbed man. >> he has some post-traumatic issues with respect to his military service. >> reporter: in the past, he's been convicted of assault and drug charges. his wife once filed a restraining order against him. a troubled man with a star for a sister. >> nancy was living this elegant, athletic life in the spotlight, and meanwhile, her brother was living in the shadows and we really didn't know much about him. >> reporter: philip bondy wrote a book about her life, her middle class roots and her father, who worked several jobs
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just so she would make it. >> her father would drive a zamboni just to make a few extra dollars. they refinanced their house just to finance her lessons and her coaches and her costumes and her travel. >> reporter: for the first time, nancy kerrigan won't have her father in a time of such great need, but in the tight-knit world of figure skating, nancy kerrigan sure has a lot of friends. >> you know, it really puts life and skating and everything in perspective when you know there's people out there dealing with real problems and real things, and you know, i just wish her all the best. >> reporter: now, tonya harding -- that's nancy kerrigan's rival skater from 1994, of course involved with that now-famous clubbing incident involving nancy kerrigan -- released a statement to us, saying "tonya feels very sad for nancy and her family and extends her deepest sympathy and condolences to them. tonya's beloved dad, al harding, passed away this past april, so she understands the grief nancy and her family are feeling at this difficult time." we should mention, the wake for dan kerrigan is set for later
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today, matt. the funeral tomorrow. and there are several published reports out this morning that the state of massachusetts will not allow mark kerrigan to attend because, of course, he's in jail right now for assault. >> all right, jeff rossen in massachusetts for us covering this story. jeff, thank you very much. olympic silver medalist paul wylie was a teammate of nancy kerrigan's at the albertville games and the two have remained very good friends. paul, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> you guys have known each other since you were barely teenagers. you go way back. give me your reaction to this news. >> oh, it's so sad, and i just feel for nancy and her family. and you know, i immediately called her and said, you know, whatever we can do to ease your pain, and you know, it's just really hard, i'm sure. >> how is she coping with this, paul? tell me a little bit more about that phone call. >> well, when i first called her, she was, you know, crying and very, you know, she was in shock. and i know that yesterday she was able to get out and, you know, she has a lot of details to take care of, like anybody
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when a parent dies, you have details and funerals to plan and things like that. and so, she was getting his clothes and that kind of stuff. >> she's got three young kids. i know she was visiting you in north carolina with your children not long ago. did she talk about her mom and how her mom is doing? >> i know that her mom is really, i mean, like everyone else, grieving very much in the family, and she's concerned about her. >> i know you've asked -- you said you don't want to talk about nancy's brother, and i understand that, but can you tell me, is nancy supporting her brother? is she confident that this story will unfold the way he says it should unfold? >> i don't -- we haven't talked about that at all. we've only talked about her dad and the reaction to, you know, just the sadness of it and how she's dealing with her grief. >> because you have spent a lot of time with the kerrigan family, what can you tell me about her father? and i know you admired the relationship between her mom and dad. >> well, i mean, dan was such a
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great guy, and dan would, you know, he'd be the guy that came over to my apartment and said, you know, you really need to fix a couple things around here, and you could, you know, save some money over here, and your left-rear tire is running low on air, paul. i mean, come on! he was always the dad, and i really, you know, i can remember brenda and dan, dan sang at weddings and just a tight-knit family. we would go to the beach together when we were on cape cod training. and just a real family like you'd expect in your neighborhood and wonderful values. so, i mean, we just -- it's a tragedy. we're going to miss dan and it's going to be hard for everyone. >> you're truly a good friend. i mean, not only stepping forward right now, but i know you were there for nancy back at the time of the famous tonya harding incident. it's hard to believe that she's going through such a difficult situation again. >> i know. it is hard, and i can't imagine what it's like to have the satellite trucks outside her house again. so, you know, we're just trying to be strong and we'll be there
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tomorrow for the funeral. >> paul wylie. paul, thanks for talking to us. and if you speak to nancy, please give her our best. >> will do. thanks, matt. >> and we should mention paul's going to be working for universal sports in the vancouver games. so we'll look forward to seeing him there. let's get a check of the weather now from mr. roker. all right, thanks a lot, matt. not only do we have this storm coming out of the southwest, but it's, unfortunately, perfect timing. cold air is funneling down from the arctic. bismarck right now 2 above. international falls 4 above. chicago 9. factor in the windchill, it feels like 7 below in chicago, 11 below in bismarck. high temperatures today only get up into the low single digits to the double teens, and then as we go into the day friday, you can see that cold air slides to the south and to the east. we're looking in new england, temperatures in the single >> good morning. it should be a quiet day, weather-wise. we will call it mostly sunny.
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might be a few snow flurries in the mountains, but not around baltimore. a lot of weather going on. if you want to keep tabs of it all, go to the weather channel on cable or online. matt? >> al, thank you very much. still to come, the coach who sank a shot blindfolded from half court after he was promised tickets to the final four if he made it. well, the tickets never existed. we'll talk to him.
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back at 7:43 with more of our exclusive look inside the u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s, our nation's silent warriors. as we saw on monday and tuesday, most people are not cut out for the job. so, how do they find the right people? nbc's chris jansing is here to show us. chris, good morning to you. >> good morning to you, meredith. well, the short answer is, it isn't easy to find the right
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young men, given the job requirements -- extreme physical fitness and mental toughness, ability to learn difficult languages, willing to go face to face against al qaeda or the taliban. so, under a mandate to increase the size of the force by more than 20%, navy s.e.a.l.s are looking for recruits who may never have considered the military before. it's quite an entrance for warriors who pride themselves on stealth. two navy s.e.a.l.s parachuting from a c-130 into the world iron man championship. for the s.e.a.l.s, this is a new kind of mission, competing in extreme endurance sports as a recruiting tool, and david goggins is their point man. >> you know, i'm looking for, honestly, that guy who has a 1,000-yard stare. it's mental toughness. it's not wanting to fail. >> reporter: and failure was exactly the navy's problem. >> keep it to yourself! >> reporter: most prospective candidates can't make it through the grueling training, but the s.e.a.l.s have a mandate to expand the force by 500 in the next two years. so, the navy did a study to find
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out who was most likely to succeed. and it wasn't the big guys who play football. >> water polo, triathlon, rugby, lacrosse, boxing. >> reporter: a lot of your typical sports. >> wrestling does real well, too. most of those sports have a real high training hardness factor. >> reporter: armed with that information, the navy designed a one-day competition called the s.e.a.l. fitness challenge. >> keep it up, man, looking good, looking smooth! >> reporter: a series of tests identical to what they give recruits. anyone can sign up, but the navy invites athletic, young men. on this day, several water polo teams. obviously, from a s.e.a.l.'s perspective, they spend a lot of time in the water, they have upper body strength and know teamwork, but they're also often getting up at the crack of dawn and diving into a cold pool. they're focused and self-motivated. they're guys like ben miller, a college water polo player who after graduation took a sales job with some of his teammates. >> and there wasn't that overall
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goal -- >> reporter: you were looking for a big challenge. >> yeah. we were looking for a larger cause besides ourselves. >> reporter: as for david goggins, he's back training for his next test, a 3,000-mile bike race all the way across the country. and along the way, he'll be on the lookout for the next generation of elite warriors. >> i ask them one big question -- where's your heart at? do you really want this for the right reasons? it has to be something that, you know, you really are passionate about, and passion is what gets you through navy s.e.a.l. training. >> in the last 12 months, s.e.a.l. recruiters have talked to 15,000 wrestlers, water polo players and swimmers. and just to tell you the basics, meredith -- okay, now, there are no women s.e.a.l.s, but if you were interested, could you do 50 sit-ups in two minutes? >> no. >> 42 push-ups in two minutes? >> absolutely not. >> run a mile and a half in 11 1/2 minutes? >> maybe. >> really? >> i'm going to say one thing i might be able to do. >> you know, maybe they'll make an exception. >> i doubt it, chris. they're amazing people.
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>> amazing, and also, their wives are incredible. we're going to talk to four s.e.a.l. wives tomorrow. you will not believe what a s.e.a.l.'s idea of a first date is. >> okay. i look forward to that. chris jansing, thank you so much. and still ahead, the sex scandal involving a male prostitute that brought down influential pastor ted haggard. through it all, his wife gayle stood by him.
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we're back at 7:50. they may be preparing for tonight's state of the union address, but it hasn't stopped the president and the first lady from spending a little time with us here in studio 1a, kind of. what do we think of these two? >> amazing. >> i think they look great. >> yeah, these are from madame tussauds here in new york. >> here in new york. >> and what makes them different from other locations around the world, the outfits. >> that's right, the inaugural out filefits outfits. >> inaugural. >> this is a replica of the dress mrs. obama wore to the inaugural, and obviously, his black tie. >> how long does it take, four months and a lot of money, down to the last detail. >> he looks fantastic, and mrs. obama, a dead ringer. >> but you were saying that in real life, you think her arms are a little more buff than this? >> in real life, not only are her arms more buff, but i think
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she's a little taller and has a little bit more broader shoulders -- >> is she as tall as i am? >> she is taller than her husband. >> you know what i found in his back pocket -- >> oh, my lord. >> the state of the union address. i'm going to read this puppy. >> only you would be rifling through the president's pockets. very nice. >> you just broke laws in about 15 states. >> and we've got some wax figures of the secret service to wrestle you to the ground. >> you won't believe this stuff.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11 standing by. >> looking at a mess on the northeast outer loop due to an accident past cromwell bridge road. on the outer loop, lanes blocked their bread down to six mile superpower. -- down to 6 mi. brower. opposite the accident scene, and police are on the scene. this is from the beltway all the way down to 28. it will take you 50 minutes to get through that to live. -- that the bed. -- delay.
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northbound at moravia, and accident still clearing. in westminster, another crashed to watch for. 26 minutes is a outer loop and northeast side delay. 16 minutes on the west side outer loop. that is when to take you from 705 all the way down. this grant from northbound 895 to moravia is completely blocked. we will switch to a live view of traffic at harford road. northeast ave crawling due to the accident past cromwell bridge. >> things are pretty quiet in the weather department. we have the sunshine out there this morning. temperatures on the chilly side, but not bad for this time of year. 26 in columbia, 28 in randallstown. the forecast for today is mostly sunny. high temperatures this afternoon will be in the upper 30's and 40's.
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seven-day forecast will get cold this weekend. relatively mild the day on thursday. then the bottom falls out and we see high temperatures only in the 20's on saturday. we still have a 50-50 chance for snow to start the weekend on saturday. should clear up on sunday. should clear up on sunday.
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it's 8:00 now on a wednesday morning. it's the 27th day of january 2010. it's nice here in the northeast, moderate temperatures, mid-30s. these people aren't complaining. we want to thank them for stopping by and waving to the folks back home. inside the studio, i'm matt lauer along with meredith vieira and al roker. and coming up, one of the more shocking sex scandals in recent memory. >> that's right. back in 2006, pastor ted haggard, leader of a 14,000-member megachurch and president of the national association of evangelicals, admitted that he had a relationship with a male prostitute. surprising, yes, but a lot of people were more surprised that his wife, gayle, stood by him. just ahead, gayle haggard tells us why she did that in a live interview. plus, can he do it again?
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we're going to talk to the coach who ruined his students' prank by making a blindfolded, half-court shot. find out more about that and let him try it again live. >> ooh. plus, seven ways you can save time and money every day. all right, but first, let's check on the morning's top stories from ann curry. hey, ann. >> hey, you guys. good morning once again, everybody. in the news, president obama's gearing up for a state of the union address tonight, where he is set to propose a domestic spending freeze that would spare education funding. in fact, administration officials said late on tuesday that the president will seek a multibillion dollar increase for education. aides say he will also talk about health care reform and why he feels lawmakers cannot walk away from it. nbc news will cover the president's state of the union address live beginning at 9:00 eastern time tonight. in haiti on tuesday, another dramatic rescue more than two weeks after the earthquake, and it has a lot of people incredulous. nbc's michelle kosinski's in port-au-prince with more on this story. michelle, tell us about it. >> reporter: good morning, ann.
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here in port-au-prince, it seems like as soon as someone reiterates that things have shifted from rescue to recovery here, someone else is pulled out alive from the disaster that was their home. there was another one last night. two weeks this man spent in the dark and dust waiting for someone to come. just when it seemed there would be no more rescues in this cracked shell of a city, the u.s. army's 82nd airborne found a man alive. a broken leg, dehydrated, but out of the rubble on miracle street. the army had just begun a new mission, clearing disaster away, the countless dead still inside. >> it is daunting, but it has to start somewhere. if you do two blocks a day, over time it will get better. >> reporter: on the streets, survivors jostle for the basics of life, while many hundreds of thousands leave, crowding towns like this one, four hours north,
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one of the poorest in haiti. this family now houses 17, but the wide, green countryside is where this 17-year-old and his family will now stay. [ speaking foreign language ] never, he says, will he go back to the capital. so, this is the new problem now, with most of the resources either in or going to the capital, these outlying areas need food, shelter and they need medical care. ann? >> michelle kosinski this morning, thanks. in other news, toyota ordered dealers to stop selling the most popular cars while it tries to solve a problem with the acceleratoraccelerators. this includes the top-selling camry. overseas markets are lower. as for wall street, erin burnett's at the new york stock exchange. erin, there's a lot of attention
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today on interest rates. >> there is, ann. we're going to get a decision on interest rates from the fed this afternoon, and a big question is whether the fed will go along with its plans to stop supporting the mortgage market. if it does that, mortgage rates could go up as much as a percentage point. also, current and former treasury chiefs timothy geithner and henry paulson will be self-ing on capitol hill about whether there was a cover-up of the taxpayer bailout of aig. and apple, they're rolling out a new tablet, and ann, that really is the water cooler topic of conversation today. it's likely to cost $1,000, but everyone's obsessed with what it will look like. back to you. >> erin burnett, thank you so much. the sheriff's deputy in southern california is being hailed as a hero today after he saw a man walking dangerously close to railroad tracks as a train was approaching. the deputy pulled the man to safety just in time. in just a moment, you'll see the train coming in on the right-hand side of the screen. look at that. good for him. it is now 8:04. let's get a check of the weather from al. well, thank you very much, ann!
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we've got some nice groups of -- where in louisiana are you guys from? >> west monroe! >> all right. what's the name of your school? >> west monroe high school! >> there quyou go. can't get much better than that. let's check your weather, see what's happening. who dat? they dat. salt lake, utah, nbc 5. the storm in the northwest will march across the southern part of the country, causing big problems. underneath the clouds we go, lake-effect snow around the great lakes, anywhere from three to six inches of snow generally. we're looking at showers and snow in the four corners area, the southwest. sunny skies up and down the eastern seaboard, >> the weather should be nice and quiet on this wednesday. expect mostly sunny skies this afternoon. a little bit on the cool side, and nothing unusual for this time of year. high tem
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back now at 8:08 with the sex scandal that led to the downfall of former evangelical leader ted haggard. we're going to talk to his wife gayle, who decided to stay with him, in a moment. but first, their story. he built a megachurch, new life, which served 14,000 people in colorado springs. he was also president of the influential national association of evangelicals. but in november of 2006, it all came crashing down. accusations later confirmed by haggard of drug possession and visiting a male prostitute caused him, along with his wife, gayle, to be exiled by their church to arizona. the hbo film "the trials of ted haggard" documented his struggle to recover and find a way to support his family. and the haggards have now been allowed to return to colorado, but they can never be part of their old church again. gayle haggard is telling her side of the story in the new book "why i stayed: the choices
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i made in my darkest hour." gayle haggard, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> it is the number one question you are asked, why did you stay with your husband, given his infidelity. and in this book, you describe it as a journey that really began in november 2006. that male prostitute who went on the radio and said that he had had sexual relations with your husband over a three-year period and provided your husband with drugs as well. when you first heard that, your initial reaction was? >> oh, shock, first of all, and then heartbreak once i discovered that there was some truth to the allegations. >> but first, disbelief, right? you said no way that could be true. >> total disbelief. i felt as though my marriage was at a healthy place. everything in my life felt healthy at that time. i felt as though our family was doing well. ted was clinging to me and felt closer to me than ever before. our church felt healthy. so, that was probably the happiest time in my life up
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until that point. >> and yet, that very day he came clean, what did he say to you? do you remember the words? >> i do remember the words. it was the morning after the allegations first broke, and we were at our attorney's office, and i had gone to the bathroom and come back, and the attorney told me to go in the office with ted, and he closed the door. i just felt like draining from my body because things didn't feel right all of a sudden. i sat down with ted, and he looked at me and he said, "gayle, i have to tell you, some of the allegations are true." and that just -- that was such a shock and heartbreak. i couldn't speak. i couldn't put the words together. they didn't fit with the man that i knew. >> so, you didn't even have a comeback to that, nothing that you asked him in response to that? >> well, i think eventually, i uttered the words "who are you?" because it was so far removed from the man that i knew.
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>> and yet, that night -- even before i get to that night, what is going through your mind? as you said, you've been married to this man almost 30 years. you think you know him. >> certainly. and i do describe in the book some of the things that ted had told me early on in our marriage that led to some suspicion there. >> well, that he had had an incident, as he put it, with a man earlier in your marriage. >> he had. >> he told you about that. did that raise a red flag then or do you think it would never happen again? >> i think at that point i was ignorant of the gravity. i felt as though, you know, we all struggle, you know, in different areas of our lives, and certainly in our sexuality. and so, i was willing to forgive him. that was painful at that time, but we were just beginning our family and i felt as though i could forgive him, and he had gone to a counselor, he had said he would never, you know, go back tohat city where he was.
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he was in classes at the time. and so, i felt as though the problem was pretty much solved at that point. >> but in fact, it wasn't. >> it wasn't, although i think through the years what i've discovered and i write about in the book is that, that it would re-emerge in ted's life from time to time, but he didn't tell me about it. and so, when i would ask him, he would say it was no longer a problem, because it was something he was ashamed of and trying to hide. >> so, this time when he admits it to you, finally, this in november of 2006, that very night, the two of you are in bed. and i think that's going to throw a lot of women a curveball there, because i'm not sure many women would have gone to bed with him that night or allowed him back in the house. but you are in bed with him. he reaches out to touch you, and you write "i didn't want if reject him, but what was i supposed to do with the anger, revulsion and pain in my heart. so that night i began choosing, choosing to love." how were you able to make that choice so quickly when you're feeling, as you put it, this
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repulsion and this anger and this heartache? >> well, i knew i was going to have to make the choice early on as to what i was going to do, and i chose early on that i really do love this man and i'm willing to fight with him for our marriage and for our family, and actually, for everything that i cared about, for our church even. >> you know, you've gone through three years of therapy with ted, individually and as a couple. and yesterday on oprah's program, you talked about how important therapy had been for him. let's take a look at that. >> the biggest thing that helped me was therapy. since that time, i have not had one compulsive thought or behavior. >> so, you no longer feel -- you feel that you are a heterosexual. >> oh, yeah. >> no longer -- >> we have a lot of evidence. >> no longer a heterosexual with homosexual issues.
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>> no. >> you don't feel that at all? >> not at all. >> do you believe him? >> i do believe him. i think throughout our marriage, ted and i have had a wonderful sexual relationship. that's why this was such a shock to me. but now, since we've gone through therapy and i've just been on this journey of trying to understand my husband, i understand the complications, and i think with all of us, our sexuality is conditioned, and we could be conditioned in any number of ways in our heterosexuality, in our homosexuality. so, i've grown to understand that his situation was unique to him. >> but did you ever wonder, gayle -- and maybe this is a hard question -- but maybe ted is gay, but given his role in life as a preacher, he couldn't acknowledge that, and so he has acted out through life? is that something you've grappled with, thought about? >> certainly, early on i wanted to know the truth. i wanted to know -- and all i had was the knowledge that i think most people go to. it's kind of our psychology of
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the day that i don't think is actually helpful to people, because we are all individuals. and ted was dealing with certain compulsions that were unwanted, they were thoughts that would come into his mind. they weren't something that he wanted to embrace as himself. and i think as human beings, we all need to have the ability and support of others to choose what we want our lives to be. in ted's case, he had had some experiences as a child that kept replaying themselves in his mind. once he went to therapy, he was able to identify that and given the tools to deal with it. and so, because of that, he no longer has those compulsions, but that's not true for everybody. >> right. >> that's his story. >> you know, when this whole story broke, there were some people who agree with one thing that the male prostitute said. he said that he had brought this to light because he wanted to show the hypocrisy of a preacher
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who stands up opposed to gay marriage while engaging in gay acts. do you believe in any way that ted was a hypocrite? >> well, i think, certainly, if the term means to say one thing and do another. however, i have discovered that is the human condition, that all of us have ideals that we strive for in ourlives. so, i think all of us are to one degree or another a hypocrite. ted just had to play his out on a very public stage. >> and very quickly, your relationship now? >> our relationship is better than it's ever been. going over this mountain together has given me the marriage that i've always longed for. >> i think, gayle, there are a lot of people out there that are probably struggling with something like this in their lives right now, and to hear your words of inspiration about sticking with it is important to a lot of people as well. gayle, thank you so much for sharing your story. >> thank you. >> appreciate it. the book is "why i stayed" by gayle haggard. i'll just use my phone. let's say we crashed. whoops, you lost your phone and you're disoriented.
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and awhile back i got an idea right in there. and you know what it was? make my pc simpler. so what did i do? i pass it along to microsoft. next thing you know, windows 7 and this new snap feature. now if i'm working at two things at once i just drag this over here, this over here. snap! simpler! pretty much exactly what i told them. i mean i'm not trying to take all the credit... wife: he called his mother. of course i called her. she needed to know this. i'm a pc and windows 7 was my idea. >> announcer: "simplify your life today" is brought to you by windows 7, your pc simplified. and this morning on "simplify your life today," how
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to save time and money. face it, we never have enough of either, so today we've got two experts to help you out. first up, "today" financial editor jean chatzky. her latest book is called "money 911." jean, good morning. >> good morning. >> you want us to do some chores online. how do we vacuum and clean the toilet online? >> i can't give you that one. >> okay. what do we do? >> what i can give you is grocery shopping online. and i know you're going to say, when you shop online for your groceries, you're going to pay a fee, right, for getting the items delivered? what you're not going to do is go into the grocery store, perhaps with a child, and pick up all of those impulse things. i went into the grocery store last week. i bought quisp. that was not on my list. >> also, you're not going to get in your car and drive and spend money on gas. >> and spend time in the store. and when you shop online, you can keep your old lists. i go click, click, click, done in ten minutes, the groceries show up. >> what other chores do you want us to do online? >> bank online. a, it will save you two hours a
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month. it will save you $60 a year on stamps. but it will also protect you from identity theft, because -- >> how does it do that? because a lot of the times, you go on to these payment sites, you're giving out your e-mail and a lot of information. >> you are giving information, but you're doing it in a very secure way. the thing about people who bank online is they look at their money more often. they look at their money four times more often than the people who bank the old-fashioned way. when you look at your money, at your accounts, you can actually shut down an identity thief. that will limit the losses. >> okay, but you say this is going to save us time, and a lot of people will say one thing this also does is by giving your e-mail address to all these companies, you are now the victim of massive spam, and that takes time just to sort through on a daily basis. >> absolutely. every time you go to a retailer and they ask for your e-mail addre address, you get advertisements for their sales, and you're probably a little bit of a lemming and you get the pop-up, you go to their site, spend time, spend money. take a half hour, go through all
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of those addresses and unsubscribe and then you won't get them anymore. >> if you can streamline your chores and do them online, any idea how much you could save per month? >> adding all of these things up, probably a good ten hours. >> not bad. and money. >> and money. >> jean chatzky, thank you very much. >> sure. >> now for more, here's ann. >> and now for advice, lucy dhansinger is the editor of "life" magazine. >> there are many ways to ultimate task and your tights can do, now, because you have black on one side or brown or blue. one pair of spanx. it's $32, but you can wear them multiple ways. >> basically, your drawers are not going to be so cluttered. also, you want us to get into one underwear -- >> a slip. >> this fits all. >> it's an asset slip from target, $40. you wear it five different ways. straps are adjustable, strapless, straight up, haltar. for any neck line, just one slip. >> i love this next idea. you've got a container of
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roasted red pepper and tomato soup and you've made four soups out of it. >> basically, at "self," we say fast food doesn't have to be unhealthy. so, you can take this soup, add wild rice or mushrooms, both of which will fill you up, burn energy faster. nuts are a healthy protein. you can make turkey chili, a vegetarian mushroom soup. all these recipes are at "self," and you know what? honestly, they're healthy. >> you stay install a water filter rather than carrying bottled water. why is that? >> okay, in 12 bottles, it pays for itself. it's a $40 filter but takes out more contaminants than they have to take out of bottled water. you get these cute, leak-proof water bottles, bpa-free, you get a filter and install it, and you're saving time, money and the planet. >> you're saving time. >> yes, and put these in the fridge and they're ready to go. >> okay. i love this next one. if you don't have all the money for all the beauty products they're selling, you say just go with a potato. >> i love a spa, but nobody has
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time, nobody has money. this is a reader tip. it's so cute. a reader wrote in and said if you cut the top off a strawberry and use it as an exfoliator, you get the natural glow. the vitamin c acid -- this has more vitamin c than any fruit per calorie. so, you should eat them, put them on your face. >> after you put them on your face, hopefully not. >> divide them up, a little for the cereal, little for exfoliating. and for the irritation around the eyes, use a sliced potato. put this on your eye and it takes all the irritation away, the alkaloid in the potato. >> really? what are the cucumbers good for? >> they cool it off, too, but if you cool the potato, it works even better. we say bring us all your time and money-saving tips, because at "self," we did a survey. we asked women, do you want to save $10 or ten minutes? 80% said $10, so. >> all right, but we really want to save time and money. >> you can be happy and healthy. >> luising danziger, thank you so much. there's much more to come on "today."
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's get a final check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> a mass on the north side this morning. the good news is that the outer loop accident past cromwell bridge has been cleared. if you were going to take east joppa as your alternate, allowing east joppa road at lakewood, there are icy conditions there. might be a back up there as well. be extra careful. 10 miles per hour as far as the speed sensor at all. that to lead all the way through the earlier accident scene. 14 miles per hour, half an hour from the structure that beltway down to 28.
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some digestion due to construction along the guilford ave. 26 minutes is your drive time on the outer loop with east side. 13 on the inner loop just opposite the earlier accident scene. on the outer loop west side, a 16-minute drive time this morning. i-95 south of the beltway northeast, looking at lingering volume from white marsh to beyond the beltway. on the north side, things are just starting to filter out. it is going to be awhile before it is completely gone. >> things are pretty quiet in the weather department. temperatures in the upper 20s and low 30's. right about average for this time of year. 28 in columbia, 30 in sykesville. 31 in edgewood. mostly sunny, high temperatures a little bit either side of 40 degrees. warmer tomorrow. 46 over the weekend and monday for the highs on saturday.
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>> we will have another update at 8:55.
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8:30 now on this wednesday morning, january 27th, 2010. pretty nice day -- actually, very nice day. the sun is out. it's a little brisk. we have a lot of friendly faces with us right here in rockefeller plaza. just ahead, martha stewart. martha, martha, martha. martha is here. she's going to be talking rice, as you can see. rice is nice. she's got some terrific recipes.
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but we're also going to address martha stewart and exotic dancing. >> whoa! >> yes. she knows exactly what i'm talking about. >> hmm. >> soon, so will you. also, if you don't know the name meg whitman, you probably know the company she helped to make so successful. when she started at ebay, it had 30 employees. ten years later, about 15,000. now she's written a book about what it takes to be successful in life and business, and she's running for governor of california. we're going to talk to her about all those things in a couple minutes. then later on, another lady who had a dream. she wanted to be on broadway. so, she is making her debut. she's a broadway baby at 81 years young. >> she has a famous brother, right? i'm pretty sure. also coming up this morning, i wonder what you would name as the top dog breeds for 2010. i'm sure you'd name -- >> lab? >> maybe jasper could be in that category. >> jasper, yeah. >> we'll find out what they are. >> all right. before we go any further, mr. roker's got a check of the
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weather. i do, indeed. let's see what's happening for you. today we have a system coming out of the rockies, the southwest, bringing rain and snow there. rain showers in northern texas, snow showers around the great lakes. tomorrow, got a big, big storm coming out of the southwest. icy conditions in northern texas into oklahoma. snow to the north and west of there. frigid conditions in the plains and rain in the northwest. >> good morning. it should be a quiet day, weather-wise. we will call it mostly sunny. might be a few snow flurries in the mountains, but not around baltimore.
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and that's your latest weather. now let's head on down to ft. myers and say hello to big willie scott. how are you, sir? >> i know you're a gormon, gourmet, goo goo. you're the best in the business when it comes to cooking, and we are here at randy's fish market restaurant. you see it behind me. the best seafood in the world comes from florida. you can't beat it and this is one of the great little restaurants where you can get it. take a look at this, all this nice fish and protein and this marvelous keylime pie to keep you straight. it isn't the fountain of youth, it's the food and fish in florida. so, remember that. you heard it first. happy birthday! try a little smucker, gang, and let's look what we have. well, my goodness, how about that? dorishaddock. how about that, the first one's a fish? dublin, new hampshire. walked across the united states at age 90. how about that? bless her heart.
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patricia zyla, newark, new jersey, one of my towns. 100 years old. attributes longevity to being kind-hearted and known for being a champion scrabble player. wish her a happy birthday. betty switzman, and she's from pembroke pines in the great state of florida. secret to longevity is having good genes. her mother lived to be 100. it does run in the family. no two ways about it. william devore from coeur d'alene, idaho, truly a great part of the country. if you've never been there, you should. attends exercise classes weekly. attributes longevity to having quality time with his wife. lolita olaine, palo alto, california. sounds like an actress, huh? anyway, worked for an art museum and won many awards. wish her well. finally, roy fauber. i know a lot of faubers in virginia.
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jim is from vesuvius, virginia, 100 years old, very independent and just renewed his driver's license. and there's nothing like it. north naples never had it so good. randy's never had it so good. i never had it so good. matt? >> making me jealous. willard, thank you very much, sir. we appreciate it. when we come back, martha stewart tells us everyth
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>> announcer: "martha on today" is brought to you by macy's. the martha stewart collection is now available only at macy's and on ♪ dancing in the kitchen we are back at 8:37. and this morning on "martha on today," one of the most versatile grains in the world. it can be white, wild, brown or jasmine, and boiled, steamed or stir-fried. we, of course, are talking about rice. martha stewart is here with some
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rice recipes from the february issue of "martha stewart living." martha, good morning to you. >> yes, it's not a chocolate heart. >> no, it's not. before we talk about rice, you were turning up the heat on your show the other day. let me show the audience what we're talking about. >> i think i know. >> bend the knees! move with the music. >> i'm loving this. >> keep those hips going. martha, come on! [ laughter ] >> i haven't watched this. >> you're going to walk that way. >> okay. >> slow walk, right through. oh, my god, i've got martha! >> and this is actually the first time i've seen you do pole dancing with your clothes on, so -- >> oh. >> i was amazed by that. >> and high heels. >> no, but -- >> you have to wear high heels for pole dancing. >> you were great! >> you didn't see me do the upside down stuff. >> maybe later. >> next time. >> all right, so many varieties here of rice. >> there are. and they're all kind of different. brown rice is unmilled. it still has that wonderful brown coating on it, a lot of
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enrichment in that rice. it takes a little longer to cook. >> because of that. >> a real rice short-grain italian, used for risottos. it's little bit gummy. >> okay. >> i think that's a good word to use. jasmine rice from thailand, right? their rice is delicious, it's long-grained and individual grains. you can see it cooks up dry and beautiful. valencia rice, which is really a short-grained rice cooked with saffron to make it that gorgeous yellow color. and bismotti rice, very expensive rice used in indian cooking, very delicious. jasmine is a good substitute if you can't afford that. >> and the difference between the long-grain and the other? >> it's really how it cooks up. the short-grained is really softer and cooks wetter. >> okay, let's talk about steaming your rice, because there's a trick to this. >> okay, there is. and it's -- the long-grained rices, the jasmine -- half a teaspoon of salt. >> right. >> 1 1/2 cups of boiling
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water -- >> not the two cups that most people think? >> well, no, for the jasmine, it cooks in 1 1/2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice. so, it's 1 1/2. for the brown rice, i use two cups of water because it takes longer. now, bring that to a boil, lower it to a simmer and cover it. and then, here it is, perfect rice every time. just fluff it up with a fork. >> and can you put -- >> doesn't that look good? >> it looks delicious. >> and it's not overdone, not underdone. >> and you can put that in the freezer and save it? >> well, you can save it. but it's best to eat it right away with a topping of some sort. >> exactly. >> or stir-fry it. this is day-old rice, and this dish is so good. it's a real stir-fry. do you like to stir-fry? >> i do. >> do you have a wok? >> no, i don't. i run a little, i never walk. why do you mention this day-old? is it better -- >> well, people have rice left over and don't know what to do with it, you know? >> okay. >> i've already sauteed the shrimp. >> what is this dish we're
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making? >> this is a shrimp fried rice, the kind that you order in. >> right. >> but boy, is it better to just cook it up at home. >> what do we do? >> we have two eggs scrambled. >> why scrambled? >> well, you should have done it right in the wok, but for time, because they're already cooked. see how it is? and break it up like that. add your scallions. >> yummy. >> and these are cut on an angle. >> how many of those are we talking? >> oh, just about two scallions. >> all right. >> we have lemon grass very finally chopped. about two tablespoons. >> can you use something else if you cones hadon't have lemon gr? >> well, you can find it anywhere. thai chili, garlic, all finally minced. stir this up. this takes seconds, really, no time at all. and this is ginger, very finally chopped ginger. >> okay. >> doesn't that smell good already? >> smells great. we've got a minute left here. >> okay, soy sauce. >> soy sauce. >> salt and pepper, shiitake mushrooms. >> all of them? >> yep. right in there. put them right in, stir-fry around, add your shrimp, your
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rice, and you have -- this is what you end up with. i'll just turn that down because i don't have time to finish it, but this is what it looks like. >> can i have some? >> i want you to taste that. >> thank you so much. >> it is so beautiful. you have a mushroom risotto. there are very, very good recipes in the article. there is one from the spanish or puerto rican chicken and rice. >> and when i eat, i like to be entertained, so, could you come in here? we have a pole. >> fantastic. >> it's right here. so -- >> i'll draw the line right here while my friend meredith eats her rice. >> get going, girl. >> it has to be affixed to something. >> yeah, right. up next, succeeding in work and life. advice from the
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back in 1998, a start-up company dreamed of being a
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marketplace where anybody could sell just about anything. at its helm was meg whitman. 12 years later, ebay is now an $8 billion -- that's with a "b" -- billion dollar global power house. now she's taking on a new challenge, running for governor of california, and she's written a new book "the power of many: values for success in business and in life." meg whitman, good to see you. good morning. >> thank you. thanks for having me. >> i want to start by offering my condolences, because i know your mom passed away just last week, and she's someone you write about in this book. >> you're right. >> because she's the person in many ways that instilled some of the values in you that you talk about in this book. >> you're right, you're right. and we got to read my mother a bit of this book right before she died, and she really appreciated that. >> when she -- by instilling these values in you, did she do it by preaching to you? did she drill them into you or did she ask you to learn more by example? >> more by example. you know, even from the earliest days when she took -- she and her best friend took eight children on a three-month camping trip across the country.
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of course, no cell phones, no gps. and we just stayed in campgrounds for the entire summer. and the point was flexibility and courage and doing things you didn't think you could do. >> some of the things you write about, these values, they're pretty basic. and you say that if you follow an ethical and true course, you can unleash the power of many. what do you mean by that? >> well, remember what the power of many is, what we can do together none of us can do alone. and ebay was a perfect example of that. we created the trading platform, but it was ebay buyers and sellers who built the company. and we made a small number of rules, we set a course for expectations in terms of behavior, and look what happened. you know, now over 1 million people make their living selling on ebay. >> you're one of the people who's trying to transition from business to politics. and a lot of people have tried it, some successfully, some not so successfully. you say if elected governor of california, you'd be the ceo of california. and some say, well, there's a problem there, because running a state is very different than running a company. how do you respond to that?
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>> well, it is different in many ways, but i'll tell you what's common about it. first is leadership. great leaders paint a vision of where an organization or a government needs to go and enlist people to make change, and that's what we need in california. >> yeah, but great leadership in a company setting, they're all rooting for the same thing. they want the company to succeed. you know politics. in a state like california, two very powerful political parties. and at some points, meg, they're going to be rooting against you, the opposition. >> well, i think that's right, but you know what californians want? and i have now traveled up and down this state. the number one priority is they want the economy fixed. they want jobs to come back. they want government spending to be under control. and maybe, you know, the fringes don't want that but i promise you, 80% of californians want that. and if we can harness the power of the people of california, i think we can make a big difference. >> can we talk about money for a second? >> we can. >> you were here a year ago, just about, 11 months ago, when you announced you were running for the governor of california. and since that time, you've spent i believe about $39 million of your own money to run
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for this office. and let's face it a lot of people -- we've had an example here in new york city -- a lot of successful people do spend a lot of their own money to gain political office, but are you worried in these days and times, with this deep recession, people out of work, people really hurting, that in some ways, by spending all this money, you're creating a disconnect, people are going to think you're out of touch with them? >> well, we haven't spent that much money yet, for sure. >> you've lent the campaign that much money. >> right. we've given that to the campaign. but you know what, i think voters are really smart. they look at the individuals, the message, and what we are doing in california is getting our message out, allowing voters to interact with me, get to know me. and voters are really smart. they will pick the best person they think to lead the state and fix, you know, jobs and get government spending under control, and one thing we haven't talked about is fixing our kindergarten through 12th grade education system. no amount of money can buy an election. what you can do is get your message out, and i hope the voters will like what they hear.
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>> well, you're getting your message out, because in the year since you've visited us, you've been rising steadily in both sets of polls, so, clearly, something's working. >> yeah. no, i think californians, they really have a -- i think californians are scared, like many americans, you know. can we fix this? will we be able to be the great state we once were? and i have confidence we can do that, but it's going to take a different approach, no doubt about it. >> might take "the power of many," to use the title of the book. meg whitman, nice to have you here. >> nic
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the entertainment world is filled with stories of young actors who come overnight to be a star. but we have a story of one woman whose journey has taken a bit longer. >> reporter: broadway's neon lights have attracted many an actor, but alice stuffy may be one for the record books. at 81, she's making her broadway debut in the revival of noel howard's classic comedy "present laughter." >> i had no idea you were going to africa. how very interesting. >> reporter: did you ever dream of being on broadway? >> never. i never -- >> reporter: never? oh, come on. >> no. >> reporter: isn't that every actor's dream? >> maybe, but not me.
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i just like to be in a play every now and again. >> reporter: this humble actss now finds herself on the great white way, appearing with hollywood and broadway star victor garber. >> what a charming tribute. >> she's one of a kind, and she should -- people should know about her. >> reporter: alice fell in love with the theater as a child and joined a summer stock troupe after graduating from college. >> we made room and board and $10 a week. it had started out being $20, but then we had to go down to $10 because we didn't do that well. >> reporter: but she did meet the love of her life, her husband ben, and settled down in the role of a house wife. >> and in less than so many ways, mainly with three marvelous children, whom i wouldn't have missed for anything in the world. >> reporter: her children raised, alice went back to the theater in boston, building a career as an actress of a certain age, picking up bit parts in movies like
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"housesitter" and "school ties" with ben affleck. >> don't forget to make room for the holy ghost. >> reporter: performing is in her blood. her father was a tv pioneer. >> you know it's getting to be that time of year -- >> reporter: hosting a children's show in philadelphia. and you probably know her brother. peter boyle, who starred in many movies, including "young frankenstein" and on tv as the loveable patriarch in "everybody loves raymond." >> holy crap! >> the first television commercial i got, i called him, what do i do? and he said know your lines and stay on your marks. and that was very good advice and i did it. >> reporter: advice she now takes to heart every night. what do you get from being up here? >> oh, i get great joy. there is nothing like hearing an audience laugh. >> reporter: really? >> it's just heaven. >> reporter: out in the
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audience, it looks like you guys are having a ball. >> we are. we are. >> reporter: this production of "present laughter" opened in boston two years ago. director nikki martin says there was never any question about bringing alice to new york. >> there won't be anyone in new york who would be any better, and very few who would be as good as alice. >> reporter: but alice almost turned him down, because just four months ago, she lost her oldest child, kate. >> and i was going back out, and then i thought, she'd be so ashamed of me if i did that. so, i didn't, and i'm here, and she's with me every night. in fact, when i look out at the curtain, there are a lot of friendly ghosts out there for me -- my parents, my husband, my kate. >> reporter: but it's also a chance to reconnect with friends of over 60 years, like her
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trinity college classmates. >> rejuvenates us. >> yeah. it's exhilarating. it truly is. >> reporter: at 81, alice says she doesn't anticipate a long broadway career. still, she hopes there are more roles in her future. >> there's really nothing that i aspire to -- a good play with good people. i think i have had so much joy, and to be here at this time is joyful. >> reporter: reveling in the footlights at an age when many recede into the wings. for "today," anne thompson, nbc news, new york. >> exciting. >> i love that alice is out there doing her thing. >> yeah. >> me, too. good for her. meanwhile, look what we've got here. >> what have we got? oh. she likes my dress. >> uh-oh! >> sissy and -- >> oh! >> that's not good. >> sissy and sherma >> live, local, latebreaking.
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this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. the baltimore county school superintendent is halting use of the controversy a program called aim. last month the school board made use of the articulate it construction modules software or mandatory for all teachers, but the level of paperwork required was overwhelming and to time- consuming. the panel appointed a study in the system agreed it is not clear if it will be reinstated. back in a minute with a chec
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>> now let's take a look at the forecast with tony pann. >> things should be quiet in the weather department today. mostly sunny skies expected. generally a sunny day. high temperatures and the upper 30's and low 40's, right around average for this time of year. later and later now as we head towards the beginning of february.
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strong cold front on thursday. it will be mild ahead of that front, but after that, arctic air visits maryland. whether we get snow or not, it will be called. high temperatures will be below freezing all the way through sunday. 50/50 shot of getting snow lake and the day on the friday to saturday. we will keep an eye on it as we head into the weekend. >> we will have another update at 9:25.
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